Bologna Walking tours

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Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

1. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Take a classic walking tour through the streets of the Bologna city center. With this guided tour, discover the history of Bologna and its major cultural attractions. Make stops at the Asinelli tower, Neptune fountain, and the Basilica of San Petronio. Meet your guide and walk through the city streets admiring the architecture and discovering the most-famous cultural attraction. See the towers of Bologna and marvel at their height and significance. Then, stroll through the Quadrilatero Market, and learn important historical facts. Make a wish at the Neptune fountain and see if it comes true. Then, gaze at the Basilica of San Petronio, as your guide shares its story and welcomes you into the city of Bologna.

Bologna: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

2. Bologna: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

Head to the Quadrilatero area, the vibrant heart of Bologna, to start your 3-hour food tour. Step off the beaten paths, discover unexpected sights and hear amazing stories about the origins and traditions of the city. First, make your way to a small trattoria to sample traditional Ragù alla Bolognese (Bolognese sauce). Sample and learn why a five-year-old Parmigiano Reggiano is so special, and sip 12 to 24-year-old balsamic vinegars from Modena. Enjoy a carefully selected charcuterie sampler from Emilia-Romagna and see how homemade, fresh pasta is created by Bologna's very own sfogline (pasta-makers). As you end your savory stroll through the city, enjoy the best artisanal gelato in town. Your entire Italian-gastro experience is infused in the heart of this medieval town at some of the best secret spots where locals eat, off the tourist paths.

Bologna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

3. Bologna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, as you enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will enable you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks are also included, and consist of water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee.

Bologna: FICO Eataly World Ticket with Tour & Tastings

4. Bologna: FICO Eataly World Ticket with Tour & Tastings

Visit FICO Eataly World, an Italian food-themed amusement park in Bologna. Stimulate your senses while combining Italian cuisine and fun. Enjoy a guided tour with 4 tastings from many of the dining options available Be greeted by an entrance of farm animals and explore the 7 themed areas dedicated to Italian culinary excellence of salami, cheese, pasta, game, wine, oil, and sweets. Take your tour and enjoy 4 tastings as you're entertained by spectacular scenery full of recreational activities, rides, and food-themed attractions.

Bologna: Guided Traditional Food Tour

5. Bologna: Guided Traditional Food Tour

Learn all of the secrets of traditional Italian food culture and items from the Bologna region on this guided food tour. Your food guide will navigate you through the history behind the dishes and their preparation. Experience Bologna from an unusual perspective.  Learn why Bologna is known as the wise for containing the second oldest university in Europe, the red because of the red roofs of its houses, and the rich for its food offerings and flavor.  Discover the secrets behind Italian gastronomy in the Emilia-Romagna region as a reference due to its historical ties with food and Bologna as a hotspot for Italian culinary excellence.  The following are a few dishes that you may try during the tour: Local cured meats and cheeses with hand-baked bread or platter of mixed pizza - the meal opens with a wide variety of local cured meats and cheeses or with a delicious platter of mixed gourmet pizza.Fresh pasta like Bolognese tortellini stuffed with different types of meat and parmesan cheese. Usually, they are served in meat broth, but our guests will have the opportunity to choose among different options for garnishing their tortellini.Bolognese cotoletta, a veal meat served with a rich sauce made with cream and parmesan cheese and topped with smoked ham. The traditional recipe requires that the meat is fried, then served in meat broth. Finally, it is briefly baked in the oven and served covered in melted cheese and ham.Brazadela, is a cake prepared in a doughnut shape from a traditional peasant recipe. Since its origins, the recipe has been passed from mothers to their children in order to preserve its simplicity and delicate taste.Espresso coffee is the inevitable conclusion of every Italian proper meal. Espresso will be offered in a historic coffee shop, accompanied by artisanal whipped cream.

Bologna: Private Foodie Tour with Tastings

6. Bologna: Private Foodie Tour with Tastings

Eat your way through Bologna as you discover its culinary scene on a private guided tour designed for foodies. Go on a delicious journey as you sample 5 of the most beloved local specialties. Wader down the narrow streets of Bologna's historical city center accompanied by your guide. Savor the tastes and smells of the city as you visit artisanal producers and taste their handmade products. Try mortadella and salami rosa, Parmigiano Reggiano, tortellini and more. Visit traditional food markets and marvel at the range of products that have made Bologna the food capital of Italy. And while you're there, learn to shop like a local using just a few words and phrases. 

Bologna: Taste Local Specialties on a Guided Walking Tour

7. Bologna: Taste Local Specialties on a Guided Walking Tour

Experience the vibrant historic center of Bologna on this walking tour. Admire sights like the Basilica of San Petronio and the Loggia of Merchants. Stop to try specialties at three establishments and enjoy a glass of delectable local wine. Start your tour in Piazza del Nettuno, where your guide will share insights into Bolognese culture with you. See an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture at the Basilica of San Petronio. Admire the two towers that are the symbol of Bologna. View the Loggia of Merchants, where commercial and trading activities have been overseen in Bologna for hundreds of years. Walk to the vibrant Quadrilatero Market. Wander through the sights and smells in this market that has been around since the middle ages.

Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

8. Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Take advange of this tour lead by an expert guide to visit one of the most beautiful (and rich in history) cities of the whole Italy. The itinerary starts with Piazza Maggiore and its civic palaces, all of medieval origins: Palazzo di Re Enzo, Palazzo of the Notaries, Palazzo dei Banchi. In the square is also the Fountain of Neptune, with the precious late Renaissance sculptures by Giambologna; you'll then visit the gothic Basilica of San Petronio (on the façade, sculptures by the Sienese artist Jacopo della Quercia): inside, the precious late gothic paintings of the Cappella Bolognini and the sun-dial designed by the astronomer Cassini (XVII century).  Walking along the Pavaglione Portico and its elegant shops, you'll reach the 16th century Archiginnasio Palace, the old University building, decorated with about 6.000 coats of arms of students. Inside is the 17th century Anatomical Theater, where dissections were held, enriched of statues of doctors and sculptures of anatomy. Through the picturesque alleys of the Mercato di Mezzo, the old market, and its fabulous food shops you'll get to the lovely Square of Santo Stefano, with the complex of Santo Stefano also called the “Jerusalem of Bologna” or “The Seven Churches”, a group of small Romanesque churches.

Bologna: Olive Grove and Vineyard Tour with Product Tastings

9. Bologna: Olive Grove and Vineyard Tour with Product Tastings

Step into a modern project hinged around the recovery and regeneration of historic buildings, abandoned rural lands, and farmhouses, right in the heart of Bologna. Learn about the estate's olive oil and wine production, and taste a selection of their products, depending on the chosen tour option. Discover a unique site that stretches over 300 hectares of land, with 150 hectares of olive trees and 42 hectares of vineyards. Explore a wide array of products, including 5 types of extra virgin oil, wine, jams, juices, saffron pistils, Goji berries, and salts flavored with medicinal herbs. Taste some of their best products and stroll through the vegetable gardens, a vast orchard, and an original and rare crop of saffron, all in the company of a knowledgeable guide.

Bologna: Wine Tasting Tour in One of the Oldest Inns

10. Bologna: Wine Tasting Tour in One of the Oldest Inns

Enjoy a unique wine-tasting experience in one of the oldest locandas, Bologna's famous inns. Hear about the local grape varieties and the history of wine production from an expert guide. Taste 3 delicious DOC wines paired with delightful local treats. Discover the quality of the wines produced in Bologna's 3 main wine-growing areas: the Bologna Hills, the area of the Reno plain, and the Imola Hills. Learn about local wines, such as the white grape Pignoletto, and the Sangiovese and Lambrusco red grape varieties. Finish your tour with a delicious tasting of 3 wines, accompanied by typical foods.

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4.6 / 5

based on 422 reviews

Great private tour of Bologna. We walked our feet off, but saw such interesting places, especially the sun passing the Meridian inside the church (can’t remember the name). Claudio’ s recommendations for art, history and dining were wonderful. Such a gentleman, knowledgeable and respectful of these two old ladies from America!

Really enjoyed this. Filippo was a great guide and we went to some different places and drank some great wine! Definitely tried new varieties and learned a lot about wine and Italy! Fully recommend

A fun experience if you are looking for something different. This is strictly a wine tasting tour and a variety of restaurants. This is not a tour that will give you information about the city.

Very knowledgeable guide, enjoyed walking leisurely as information was given. All questions were answered, Elena was very friendly snd an excellent guide!

Excellent! Lots of info on the history of Bologna. We’ll worth it!!